Nail artist draws from broad palette



Nail art aficionado Jade Estes of Ellsworth created a newspaper manicure to represent The Ellsworth American’s logo.  PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Nail art aficionado Jade Estes of Ellsworth created a newspaper manicure to represent The Ellsworth American’s logo.
PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

ELLSWORTH — Walk into John Edwards Market on any given day and you might see clerk and nail art aficionado Jade Estes.

You’ll know her by her mass of cinnamon curly hair or her manicure, which is usually detailed and eye-catching.

Estes, who lives in Ellsworth, started experimenting with nail art several months ago.

“I was bored and I was on Pinterest and I thought, ‘I could do that,’” she said. Inspiration for a new design can come from anywhere, but Estes gets lots of ideas for nail art on the digital bulletin board.

“I mostly just go on Pinterest and search nails. My nail folder on Pinterest has over 1,000 images.”

On her days off, she practices her art.

“I’ll just sit and paint one hand and take it off. Then paint it again with a different design and take it off. I’ll do that for hours.”

She’s thinking about nail school but isn’t sure. Meanwhile, her mother is finding tools and accessories for her to use, like a manicure pillow for resting a hand during a manicure.

The home-schooled 22-year-old has 101 colors of polish at present.

“Sinful Colors are the cheapest ones and they work the best,” said Estes. Sinful is available at most all the drug stores and grocery stores for 99 cents a bottle.

However, Estes is not brand loyal. She snaps up Essie and OPI polishes for $3 or $4 a bottle at T.J. Maxx too.

Asking Estes to name a favorite color is like asking a mother to name a favorite child.

She really likes Pure Ice polish in Girl on the Go.

Estes also recommends Pure Ice in First Love, which she says will make your nails look like the underside of a seashell.

“The pearly ones are my favorite,” she said.

Estes said she likes coffee or nude hues with sparkle because the colors blend in with skin tones but still stand out. Prosecco by Sinful Shine is an example.

“I really love golds too,” Estes said. “I did a gold cheetah print with hot pink.”

She used rubbing alcohol and little bits of newsprint to create a special “Ellsworth American” manicure.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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